Indies Introduce Winter / Spring 2019

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Independent Booksellers’ Debut Picks of the Season

Do what indies do best—find and showcase undiscovered authors and compelling books. Two panels of booksellers chose the Indies Introduce titles—10 adult and 10 children’s—as the best of the Winter / Spring 2019 debuts. Publishers offer special terms on these books just for participating indie booksellers.

For stores that have taken part in past Indies Introduce promotions, there’s no need to sign up to take advantage of publishers’ offers; stores that are
new to the program must complete the form below by October 29 in order to participate.

" I felt like a pioneer book explorer!  Each day brings another adventure. Just think I may have been part of the discovery of the new J.K. Rowling or Suzanne Collins!"
Hannah Moushabeck from Odyssey Books, South Hadley, MA

Promotional terms are visible to logged-in ABA Bookseller Members only.

Fiction

  • The Far Field, Madhuri Vijay
    Grove Press, 9780802128409, January 15, 2019 (Fiction)

    “Rarely does a book of this size and breadth capture a reader in the first few pages, but Madhuri Vijay’s masterful storytelling sweeps you up and never lets you go. The Far Field is everything you want in an epic: love, loss, and relationships that transcend even the most horrific circumstances.”

     

    – Julie Slavinsky, Warwick’s (La Jolla, CA)
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  • The Falconer, Dana Czapnik
    Atria Books, 9781501193224, January 29, 2019 (Fiction)

    “Dana Czapnik’s debut is a wise and beguiling novel about coming of age in the 1990s. Each page holds insight into what it feels like to be a young woman in her final year of high school, struggling to navigate her future world. This heroine will not be forgotten! I can’t wait to read what Czapnik writes next.”

    – Sarah Bagby, Watermark Books & Cafe (Wichita, KS)
    Additional blurb(s) available here


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  • Lot: Stories, Bryan Washington
    Riverhead Books, 9780525533672, March 19, 2019 (Fiction)

    “A brilliant, powerful portrait of a Houston rarely—if ever—seen but aching to be painted. With a command that jumps off the page, Bryan Washington has masterfully filled that void. His characters will grab you by the throat and heart, make you laugh, and make you cry as they navigate the vagaries of living life, loving, and feeling the heartbeat of ‘home.’”

    – Pam Stirling, East Bay Booksellers (Oakland, CA)
    Additional blurb(s) available here


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  • Queenie, Candice Carty-Williams
    Gallery/Scout Press, 9781501196010, March 19, 2019 (Fiction)

    “A fresh, staccato-paced novel about a young Jamaican-British woman in London dealing with the tribulations of family, romance, and a career. Carty-Williams paints the city and her characters masterfully with writing that is honest and real. The novel confronts the stereotypes of race head-on with originality and clarity. She is an author to watch.”

    – Lori Feathers, Interabang Books (Dallas, TX)
    Additional blurb(s) available here


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  • Brute: Poems, Emily Skaja
    Graywolf Press, 9781555978358, April 2, 2019 (Fiction)

    “How can the end of a relationship feel like anything but a gaping wound? Brute will show you how. Visceral, angry, and honest, Brute is a journey to the heart of loss and back out stronger and fiercer. Skaja’s poems will slice you open to your very soul and then stitch you back together, and you will thank her for it.”

    – Erin Ball, Third Place Books (Lake Forest Park, WA)
    Additional blurb(s) available here


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  • Lights All Night Long, Lydia Fitzpatrick
    Penguin Press, 9780525558736, April 2, 2019 (Fiction)

    “Fifteen-year-old Ilya is torn between two worlds: the deep South where he lives with his fundamentalist student exchange hosts and the drug-infested underworld of his native Russia. A tautly strung story that is part murder mystery, part love story, but wholly memorable, with well-drawn characters.”

    – Grace Harper, Mac’s Backs (Cleveland, OH)
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  • Cape May, Chip Cheek
    Celadon Books, 9781250297150, April 30, 2019 (Fiction)

    “Cape May is a place (and state of mind) where the awakening of a young newlywed couple on their honeymoon transforms and shapes the rest of their lives. Chip Cheek has created luscious, realistic relationships and an excellent sense of place, and the pace and language are spot on. This is a timeless read that captures the time period perfectly, with characters you won’t soon forget.”

    – Julie Slavinsky, Warwick’s (La Jolla, CA)
    Additional blurb(s) available here


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Non-Fiction

  • Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls, T Kira Madden
    Bloomsbury, 9781635571851, March 5, 2019 (Non-Fiction)

    “T Kira Madden shatters her life story and glues it back together with phenomenal results. Her memoir circles back and skips forward, illustrating her complicated relationship with her parents, with her friends, and with herself. There are heroes and villains in this life and they’re often the person we love. Madden has found a way to express that truth in a surprising and effective way.”

    – Myles Mickle, Village Square Booksellers (Bellows Falls, VT)
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  • Once More We Saw Stars, Jayson Greene
    Knopf, 9781524733537, May 14, 2019 (Non-Fiction)

    “I don’t suppose any of us need to be reminded that the world can be brutally unfair. Nevertheless, Jayson Greene’s exquisitely moving memoir of his two-year-old daughter’s death brings us freshly face-to-face with unimaginable loss and grief. This is an emotionally raw work that finds its way through grief to remake something like a life worth living again.”

    – Brian Lampkin, Scuppernong Books (Greensboro, NC)
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  • Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide, Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark
    Forge Books, 9781250178954, May 28, 2019 (Non-Fiction)

    “You don’t have to be a fan of Karen and Georgia’s much-loved podcast, My Favorite Murder, to appreciate Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered—this how-to guide is for absolutely everyone. Grab a copy for every young woman you know who’s graduating, every co-worker who needs a pick-me-up, and every friend who needs some good advice.”

    – Emilie Sommer, East City Bookshop (Washington, DC)
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Middle Grade

  • Nikki on the Line, Barbara Roberts
    Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 9780316521901, March 5, 2019 (Middle Grade)

    “With a relatable, driven protagonist, Roberts deftly weaves a story of realistic struggles through themes of genetic gifts and curses—and their complicated relationship with who we choose to be. Fun and perfectly balanced, Nikki on the Line is impossible to put down, even for readers who know nothing about basketball.”

    – Heather Smith, Linden Tree Children’s Books (Los Altos, CA)
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  • Mostly the Honest Truth, Jody J. Little
    HarperCollins, 9780062852496, March 12, 2019 (Middle Grade)

    “Jane Girl and her Pop are mostly always just enough for each other, except when Pop slides into sadness and drinking and has to go into rehab and get fixed up. An honest and accessible novel about alcoholism for the older elementary reader, told richly and compellingly.”

    – Christy McDanold, Secret Garden Bookshop (Seattle, WA)
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  • Caterpillar Summer, Gillian McDunn
    Bloomsbury Children's Books, 9781681197432, April 2, 2019 (Middle Grade)

    “You’ll root for Cat with all your heart as she navigates a summer with grandparents she’s only just met and a special-needs brother to protect and care for. Tears and cheers for a lovely story with a young heroine learning what she needs.”

    – Alicia Michielli, Talking Leaves...Books (Buffalo, NY)
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Young Adult

  • Izzy + Tristan, Shannon Dunlap
    Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 9780316415385, March 12, 2019 (Young Adult)

    “Putting her own spin on the age-old story of star-crossed love, Shannon Dunlap’s incredible first novel is a solid reminder as to why I continue to read and sell books on a daily basis. I challenge anyone out there to read the prologue of Izzy + Tristan and not fall head-over-heels for this lovely debut.”

    – Javier Ramirez, The Book Table (Oak Park, IL)
    Additional blurb(s) available here


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  • Opposite of Always, Justin A. Reynolds
    Katherine Tegen Books, 9780062748379, March 12, 2019 (Young Adult)

    “After Jack and Kate’s meet-cute at a college party, where they immediately hit it off, Kate quickly becomes a major part of Jack’s life. But then Kate dies. Jack begins to time travel in order to prevent her death and is transported back to the beginning of their relationship. Funny and suspenseful, this is a great story and a great new voice!”

    – Cathy Berner, Blue Willow Bookshop (Houston, TX)
    Additional blurb(s) available here


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  • XL, Scott Brown
    Knopf Books for Young Readers, 9781524766245, March 26, 2019 (Young Adult)

    “I’m giving extra-large love to XL. As Will’s height grows, so does his understanding of who he wants to be and who he wants to be with; starting at 4'11" and reaching 7' is a LOT of growing. A great love story, a GREAT bromance, and some really wonderful characters. I cannot recommend this book enough.”

    – Nichole Cousins, White Birch Books (North Conway, NH)
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  • The Devouring Gray, Christine Lynn Herman
    Disney-Hyperion, 9781368024969, April 2, 2019 (Young Adult)

    “Herman’s novel is part horror, part fantasy, and one great read. After experiencing a family tragedy, Violet Saunders and her mother move back to Four Paths, her mother’s hometown. Violet soon learns that there is a beast hiding beneath the surface of the town. Especially recommended for fans of Stranger Things.”

    – Katherine Warde, Micawber’s Books (St. Paul, MN)
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  • White Rose, Kip Wilson
    Versify, 9781328594433, April 2, 2019 (Young Adult)

    “With spare but powerful verse, Kip Wilson brings us the haunting story of the young resistance group that risked everything to speak out against the Nazi regime. Basing her novel on a true story, Wilson conveys the hearts and minds of the characters beautifully.”

    – Alicia Michielli, Talking Leaves...Books (Buffalo, NY)
    Additional blurb(s) available here


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  • Nocturna, Maya Motayne
    Balzer + Bray, 9780062842732, May 7, 2019 (Young Adult)

    “Maya Motayne’s Nocturna is the fantasy that you’ve been waiting for. With the sneaky cleverness of Stephanie Garber’s Caraval and the moral grayness of Marissa Meyer’s Renegades, this Latin-inspired tale provides just the right amount of magic (both legal and illegal) and adventure, as heir-to-the-throne Alfie and shape-shifter Finn race to stop the terrible darkness they’ve released.”

    – Jen Pino, Vroman’s Bookstore (Pasadena, CA)


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  • Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens, Tanya Boteju
    Simon Pulse, 9781534430655, May 7, 2019 (Young Adult)

    “Nima is madly in love with her straight girlfriend, but when those feelings aren’t reciprocated, Nima’s feet lead her into the world of macho drag kings and diva queens, where she learns love, acceptance, and identity. Hysterical, heartfelt, and wholly relatable to the LGBT community, this book will be a standout debut in a sub-genre of novels gasping for a champion."

    – Nichole Cousins, White Birch Books (North Conway, NH)
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